Women will collect $240 when they pass ‘Go’, while male players will collect the usual $200.
Celebrating women’s empowerment, Hasbro’s Ms. Monopoly is set to become the first game where women are paid more than men – unlike reality.
It also marks the first time in history that the iconic real-estate mogul Mr. Monopoly (also known as Rich Uncle Pennybags) won’t feature on the cover of the game.
According to Hasbro, Ms. Monopoly is a self-made investment guru whose mission is to inspire young female inventors and entrepreneurs.
While male players collect the standard $200 when passing ‘Go’, women will now collect $240.
And instead of investing in properties, Ms. Monopoly players invest in services and products made possible by female trailblazers.
“From inventions like Wi-Fi to chocolate chip cookies or solar heating to ladies’ modern shape-wear, Ms. Monopoly reminds players that everything from scientific advancements to everyday accessories were all created by women,” said Hasbro.
Ms. Monopoly is set to hit shelves globally in mid-September as “a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men,” the company said.
“However, if men play their cards right, they can make more money too.”
To celebrate the launch, Hasbro surprised young female inventors and entrepreneurs with approximately US$20,580 in real money to further their projects – which are all geared at helping others. This sum is equal to the amount of Monopoly money featured in the game.
Unsurprisingly, the Ms. Monopoly launch has been met with harsh criticism online from both men and women.
— Kristy (@kristyyounger) September 10, 2019
Many are calling it sexist and condescending, as the game’s premise implies that women need a head start in order to win.
These are fair claims considering that everyone was on an equal playing field in the original version of Monopoly.
I'll choose the non-conforming, non-binary, non-sexist old fashioned edition where ANYONE can win a beauty pageant & EVERYONE passes Go to get $200. #MsMonopoly https://t.co/wS3r49amso pic.twitter.com/BHy39chsu4
— ManVsBigfoot (@manvsbigfoot) September 10, 2019
Interestingly, the concept of Monopoly was actually invented by a woman. In 1903, Elizabeth Magie created a game called The Landlord’s Game as a protest against big-money corruption during the Gilded Age.
Then another game designer, Charles Darrow, made his own version and renamed it Monopoly – which was sold to Parker Brothers in 1935.
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